JNN Newsletter - June 10, 2017

“I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” Ezek 36:11

HEBREW U. PLACES IN 99TH PERCENTILE OF WORLD UNIVERSITIES: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has maintained its #1 position in Israel in the new 2018 QS World University Rankings, rising 3 spots from 148 last year to #145 globally today. The rankings place the Hebrew University among the top 15% of the 980 higher education institutions surveyed by QS, and among the top 1% of the more than 26,000 universities in the world. Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said: "This ranking is a well-deserved recognition of the Hebrew University’s international leadership in academics and research. In recent years the university’s administration has made intense efforts to attract the best students, teachers and researchers, and to equip them with the best tools to succeed. In turn, our faculty and students have made world-class contributions in diverse fields, ranging from the arts and humanities to the basic and applied sciences.” To compile the 2018 rankings, QS analyzed over 75 million citations from more than 12 million papers, and 115,000 survey responses from employers and academics, and considered more than 4,000 universities before evaluating 980 of them. (INN)

FIRST WAVE OF ETHIOPIAN JEWS ARRIVE IN ISRAEL SINCE SPECIAL ALIYAH PROGRAM’S RENEWAL: Seventy-two new Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Tues. 6 June 2017, a first since the Israeli government renewed the Ethiopian aliyah program in Oct. 2016. More than 200 families and supporters greeted the new immigrants at the airport, with three more such flights expected to arrive this month. Some 9,000 Jews still reside in Ethiopia and are awaiting Israeli government approval to make aliyah. Also on Tuesday, Israeli PM Netanyahu welcomed Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn and his wife to the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. “The Ethiopian community, Mr. Prime Minister, is a human bridge between our two nations,” Netanyahu said at the meeting. (Algemeiner) Pray for Israel’s new Ethiopian arrivals to settle quickly into a new country and culture. Pray for welcome, provision, ability to learn Hebrew, and good jobs.

ISRAEL SPEARHEADS THREAT OF MASS EXODUS FROM UN RIGHTS COUNCIL: Israel is spearheading a move that could see multiple members exit the United Nations Human Rights Council unless it relinquishes its anti-Israel bias. Israel is a fixed item on the agenda of the 47-member body, set up in 2006, and it has passed over 70 resolutions against the Jewish state. Israel is demanding that the UNHRC cancel its annual session that focuses solely on alleged human rights violations committed by Israel against the Palestinians. Another demand is that the council cancel the committee tasked with maintaining a database of companies doing business beyond the Green Line. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said on 6 June 2017 that "the time is right for a major change in the UN, mainly over the new administration in the USA." He also credited USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for "working tirelessly" to change the "aggressive and unjustified anti-Israel bias in the UN." The Trump administration this week gave formal notice that it was reviewing its participation in the Human Rights Council and called for reforming the body to eliminate what it called its "chronic anti-Israel bias." Washington says the council is heavily stacked with opponents of Israel. (Israel Hayom)

PA: ‘PALESTINE’ WILL BE FREE OF ‘SETTLERS’: Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman on 7 June 2017 criticized PM Netanyahu for saying that Israel would strengthen the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said that Netanyahu's remarks convey a message to the international community that Israel continues to place obstacles and destroy opportunities to renew the peace process. "The failure of the international community to recognize the [so-called] Israeli occupation of the West Bank, [Judea & Samaria] including East Jerusalem, proves that the Palestinian problem is strong, however the Palestinians are determined to establish their independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital that will be empty of settlers [Jews].” Abu Rudeineh's remarks are a reflection of a policy that has continuously been stressed by Abbas and his associates, and which vows that a future Palestinian state will be free of Jews. Netanyahu has said that the PA leadership’s demand that a Palestinian state be free of Jews is ethnic cleansing and the concept of ethnic cleansing for peace is absurd. (INN) Meanwhile, Israeli Arabs are citizens of the Jewish state with equal rights. In 1948, Israel's Declaration of Independence invited Arab inhabitants of Israel to "participate in the up-building of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions." Additionally, Israel remains the one nation in the Middle East where all women enjoy full equality and personal freedoms, including the right to vote and be elected to local and national office.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: A NEW TOLERANCE FOR ANTI-SEMITISM: All over the world anti-Semites are becoming mainstreamed. It is no longer disqualifying to be outed as a Jew-hater. This is especially so if the anti-Semite uses the cover of rabid hatred for the nation-state of the Jewish people. These bigots succeed in becoming accepted - even praised - not because of their anti-Semitism, but despite it. Increasingly, they are given a pass on their Jew-hatred because those who support them admire or share other aspects of what they represent. This implicit tolerance of anti-Semitism - as long as it comes from someone whose other views are acceptable - represents a dangerous new trend from both the Right and Left. In the United States, the bigotry of the hard-left is far more prevalent and influential on many university campuses. Those on the Left who support left-wing anti-Semites try to downplay, ignore or deny that those they support are really anti-Semites. “They are anti-Zionist” is the excuse. Those on the Right do essentially the same, saying, “They are nationalists.” Neither side would accept such transparent and hollow justifications if the shoe were on the other foot. Meanwhile, on university campuses the absurd concept of “intersectionality” - which has become a code word for anti-Semitism - is dominating discussions and actions by the hard-left. The warm embrace of Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, who recently delivered the commencement address at a City University of New York graduation, is a case in point.

Since co-organizing the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017 Sarsour has become a feminist icon for so called “progressives.” This is the same Linda Sarsour who has said that feminism and Zionism are incompatible, stating: “You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. And when speaking about two leading female anti-Islamists, Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who is a victim of female genital mutilation), the feminist de jure, Linda Sarsour, said: “I wish I could take away their vaginas.” The irony is palpable. Under her own all-or-nothing criteria, Sarsour - who is also a staunch BDS supporter - cannot be pro-Palestinian and a feminist because the Palestinian Authority and Hamas subjugate women. When asked recently about the hullabaloo surrounding her CUNY address, Linda Sarsour played the victim card, saying, “Since the Women’s March on Washington, once the right-wing saw a very prominent Muslim-American woman in a hijab who was a Palestinian who was resonating with a community in a very large way, they made it their mission to do everything they can to take my platform away.” No, Ms. Sarsour. You are wrong. This is not a smear campaign by the “right-wing,” but rather, a show that people of goodwill reject your manifestations of bigotry. Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School (Gatestone Institute). Pray that politicians, NGOs, university groups and leaders who promote anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic delegitimization campaigns against Israel will be confronted and silenced.

PLEASE HELP VISION FOR ISRAEL TO PREPARE FOR THOSE WHO ARE FLEEING ANTI-SEMITISM ABROAD: Israel’s population is rapidly increasing with Jewish families and individuals escaping violent anti-Semitism and harassment abroad. Upon arrival assistance is needed by many for such basic items as household furniture, appliances, kitchen utensils, clothing, food subsidies and so much more. Please enable us to help Israel’s new arrivals with much needed help - also to continue aiding vast numbers of the poor and elderly in the land. Your generous donations are vital and appreciated atwww.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA REPORTS RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BEHIND MOST ON-CAMPUS INCIDENTS IN PAST YEAR: The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN) reported in last month that religious discrimination was behind a plurality of on-campus “bias incidents” over the past year, with nine anti-Semitic incidents occurring in Feb. 2017 alone. These included a Jewish student finding his dorm room broken into and a drawing of Jews being marched into gas chambers on his personal whiteboard. The director of the campus Chabad center, Rabbi Yitzi Steiner, stated that “though such incidents used to be very rare, anti-Semitism on campus has been skyrocketing.” Following the release of the report, the campus Hillel’s executive director, Benjie Kaplan said, “The biggest thing that students were feeling was disbelief that in today’s day and age, these things still happen.” (Algemeiner)

OVER HALF OF MUSLIM MIGRANTS IN BAVARIA HOLD ANTI-SEMITIC VIEWS: Over half of Muslim migrants residing in the German state of Bavaria “showed clear tendencies of an anti-Semitic attitude pattern,” according to a new study. “Emotional prejudices against Israeli families” were also widespread in the 800 migrants interviewed from countries including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the study conducted by the Hanns Seidel Foundation think tank. When asked if Jews “have too much influence in the world,” nearly 60 percent of Afghans, 52% of Syrians and 53% of Iraqis agreed with the statement. In comparison, 20% of German respondents replied “yes” to that statement. Only 5.4% of migrants surveyed from Eritrea, a Christian-majority country, were found to hold anti-Semitic views. (Algemeiner)

ANTI-SEMITISM IN GREECE MAY BE HIGHEST IN EUROPE: Experts are urging authorities to take active measures to combat anti-Semitism in Greece after a recent study confirmed levels of hatred toward Jews believed to be the highest in Europe. "Greece has rates of anti-Semitism matching those recorded in countries that neighbor Israel rather than ones in the European Union," said Elias Dinas, a political scientist at the University of Oxford. A report published last month by the Heinrich Boll Foundation, a political think tank, found anti-Jewish sentiment to be as strong on the far left as on the right. Newspapers regularly feature anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, as well as cartoons with anti-Semitic themes or caricatures. (Daily Alert)

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